Here are some of the events happening around the Mahoning Valley this weekend. For more events, check out our events calendar and sign up here for our Weekend Matters newsletter.
YOUNGSTOWN — The holiday production “Elf: The Musical” will open at 7:30 p.m. Friday at The Youngstown Playhouse, 600 Playhouse Lane.
Directed by Nathan Beagle, the production will be staged at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Dec. 10 and 11, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday and Dec. 11 and 12.
Tickets are $18 for adults and $15 for seniors, students and military members, including fees. Flex passes are available. For tickets, click here.
Based on the 2003 film starring Will Ferrell, “Elf” is a modern-day holiday classic that follows the tale of Buddy, a young orphan who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity.
All aboard The Magical Polar Experience in Warren
WARREN — The Magical Polar Experience will make a stop at Robins Theatre, 160 E. Market St., at 7 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Sunday.
Attendees are asked to come dressed in their pajamas. Upon arrival, they’ll be greeted by a conductor and stowaways who will punch their tickets.
The event will include:
- The full presentation of the movie “The Polar Express” on the big screen;
- Live musical performances;
- Dancers and prima ballerinas;
- The northern lights;
- A visit to the North Pole;
- A visit from Santa Claus;
- Photo opportunities.
All tickets (children and adults) are $22.50. An optional Magical Goodie Bag is available for $17.50 and includes:
- Magic popcorn;
- A “non-spill” beverage;
- A gourmet chocolate chip cookie;
- An official engineer’s hat;
- Elf kisses;
- A keepsake Believe Bell ornament;
- A commemorative hot cocoa mug.
Tickets for Friday’s event are sold out. Tickets for Sunday’s event can be purchased here.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra tribute band to perform at Robins Theatre
Tickets, ranging in price from $10 to $30, can be purchased here and at the Robins Theatre Box Office, 160 E. Market St.
Since 2008, First Snow has brought the spirit of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra to audiences of all ages. The tribute rock show includes a professionally produced stage set of lights and video.
JA of Mahoning Valley to host Designer Bag Bingo
LIBERTY — Junior Achievement of Mahoning Valley will host its fourth annual Designer Bag Bingo on Friday at the Metroplex Expo Center, 1620 Motor Inn Drive.
Doors will open at 5 p.m. Bingo will begin at 6:30 p.m.
The cost is $40 per ticket and includes dinner, dessert, a cash bar, 15 rounds of bingo and one dauber. Additional bingo cards can be purchased for $5. The winner of each round will receive a new authentic designer bag from brands such as Coach, Kate Spade and Michael Kors.
The event will also feature door prizes, a 50/50 raffle and a chance auction.
To purchase tickets, visit JA of Mahoning Valley’s website. Patrons must be at least 21.
The Butler to celebrate 50 years of arts and crafts show
YOUNGSTOWN — The Butler Institute of American Art will celebrate the 50th anniversary of An American Holiday Annual Arts & Crafts Show.
Hours for the juried arts and crafts show are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the museum, 524 Wick Ave.
Adult admission is $5. Children under age 12 are admitted free.
“The Butler annual holiday craft show is the longest-running holiday craft show in the area and has always been a wonderful way to kick off the holiday season,” Lou Zona, The Butler’s executive director and chief curator, said in a news release. “This year is extra special because it is the 50th anniversary of the craft show, and we are incredibly happy to be able to resume the tradition after it was missed last year due to the COVID pandemic.”
An American Holiday Arts & Crafts Show, is one of three annual juried art shows held at The Butler each year. This show serves as the museum’s annual fundraiser to support and maintain the museum’s free admission policy, as well as its free art education programs, the release states.
Mill Creek MetroParks to present winter events
YOUNGSTOWN — Two Mill Creek MetroParks winter celebrations will kick off this weekend.
The family-friendly event, featuring 60 uniquely decorated trees by local nonprofits, is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday through Jan. 7. Admission is free.
Visitors also will be able to participate in a scavenger hunt and view the seasonal flowers on display.
Also beginning Saturday, Fellows Riverside Gardens’ hours will be extended until 7 p.m. for Winter Nights, featuring an outdoor light display. Inside the D.D. and Velma Davis Education & Visitor Center, there will be live music and special appearances. Characters Moana and Blippi will visit Saturday, and Ana, Elsa and Spiderman will visit Dec. 18.
Stambaugh Auditorium to host TubaChristmas on Sunday
TubaChristmas, now in it’s 48th year, is a celebration of the holidays in which tuba players come together to perform a variety of Christmas classics.
The livestream can be accessed on Stambaugh Auditorium’s Digital Concert Hall app.
Some quick hits …
- The Youngstown Flea will offer #FleaOnPhelps, a “special edition” night market, from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the new pedestrian walkway on Phelps Street in downtown Youngstown. Its two-day holiday market is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at 365 E. Boardman St.
- The Youngstown State University Dana School of Music’s Clarinet Studio will present a recital at 6 p.m. Friday in Bliss Recital Hall, and the Trombone Ensemble will perform its fall recital at 7 p.m. Sunday at First Presbyterian Church of Youngstown, 201 Wick Ave.
- The John J. McDonough Museum of Art, on the campus of Youngstown State University, will open five exhibits Friday. Two exhibits will feature student artwork. The other exhibits are “Talking with Mascots,” with work by Francesca Baldarelli, Alex Ferrante, Jeremiah Ibarra and Rachel Sanders; Missy McCormick’s “creating (a) space”; and Dustin Grella’s “Animation Hotline Shorts Exhibition.” An opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday.
- Youngstown Saxon Club, 710 S. Meridian Road, will host an Olde World Christmas Brunch With St. Nicholas from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The event will offer the experience of an old-world European Christmas tradition. The cost is $28.95 for adults, $25 for club members and $14.50 for children ages 5 to 13. For reservations, call Patty at 330-881-8081.
- Youngstown Model Railroad Association’s 2021 Open House continues the next two weekends. Model trains of all shapes and sizes can be seen at 751 N. Four Mile Run Road, Austintown. Hours are noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Dec. 11 and 12. A courtesy donation of $5 per person is requested. Children 11 and under with an adult are admitted free.
- The village of Poland will celebrate the Christmas season with the Lighting of the Village event Saturday. The event will begin at 5 p.m. with activities at Poland Village Hall, including holiday carols, cookies and cocoa, horse-drawn carriage rides, Santa’s arrival in a firetruck and the lighting of the village Christmas tree and decorations.
- The Canfield Fair’s Flock to the Fairgrounds community art project, consisting of 21 6-inch rooster statues, are on display at the former Party Max location at the Shops at Boardman Park, 721 Boardman-Poland Road, Boardman. The statues were created by local artists and sponsored by local businesses. The display is free and open to the public from noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. For more information, click here.
- The Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians will have its second annual toy drive to benefit St. Vincent de Paul from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Hibernian Hall, 5110 Southern Blvd., Boardman. New, unwrapped toys are needed. For more information, click here.
- The Autism Society of Mahoning Valley will present a holiday celebration, featuring a sensory-sensitive visit from Santa, for children with autism and other special needs at the Grand Concourse at Eastwood Mall from 9 to 11 a.m. Sunday. For more information, click here.
This story was originally published December 3, 2021 10:40 PM.